By Ollie Irish
Featuring the cutest mascot you ever did see…
Fergie missed a senior United game for only the third time in his tenure at Old Trafford, because he was in Spain scouting Champions League group rivals Valencia. Not that his absence seemed to have any effect on a strong United side, which included Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Anderson, Park Ji-Sung and Javier Hernandez. And Bebe made his United debut, coming on in the second half for Park. He showed some glimpses of pace and power, enough to satisfy assistant boss Mike Phelan.
With Liverpool crashing out to Northampton, not to mention the exits of Chelsea (v Newcastle) and Man City (v West Brom), it was an extra-satisfying night to be a United fan.
So who’s for a United v Arsenal League Cup final? I wouldn’t bet against it.
The Beeb has the full match report